Announcing the Cali dress sewalong!

Good news for all you intrepid Cali dress seamstresses! Afternoon will be hosting a Cali dress sewalong in the month of March. So if you're keen to do some sewing and haven't plucked up the courage to start, now's the time to get your gather your supplies and forge ahead. Safe in the knowledge that we'll be right here with you, guiding you along every step of the way!

The first post will be going up on Monday, 13 March so now's the time to get sorted before we delve in. We will be posting each step every two or three days so that you'll be ready to parade your Cali dress down the street before the month is out. 

Join the party! Just follow the steps and sew along with us. It would be great to see what you're up to and how it's coming along in your sewing room, so please share with us if you'd like. Post on your blogs, show us what's going down on Facebook, tweet us or Instagram those lovely pics! Our hashtags for this event are #afternoonpatterns, #calisewalong and #calidress

Here's the class schedule, starting Monday, 13 March

  1. Welcome and introduction to the basics
  2. Laying out and cutting out your pattern
  3. Getting started and assembling the bodice
  4. Making bias binding and finishing the armholes
  5. Sewing the skirt and attaching the bodice
  6. Setting your invisible zip
  7. Finish your hem and start a new week in style!

Buy your pattern. You can get our printed Cali dress sewing patterns here in our online shop or over on Etsy. If it's last minute and you'd prefer an instant download, no fear, we've got you covered on that front, too. If you're based in Cape Town, pop on over to Fabricate at the Gardens Centre to get your hands on a pattern. 

Get your fabric. Off to the shops with you! We'll be posting some inspiration pics and fabric recommendations to get you raring to go. 

Make sure you've got the basics covered. Sewing machine, fabric scissors, dressmaking pins, fabric marker or chalk, sewing thread, measuring tape and tracing paper are all integral to the process. Just read over your Cali booklet beforehand to familiarise yourself with everything you will need. 

Any questions, just pop Jenny an email or comment below, we'll be happy to help out!